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Thursday, July 10, 2014

How I Organize My Kids’ Schoolwork

I’m the kind of mom who saves most everything my kids bring home from school. I know there are things I shouldn’t bother saving, but when I take things out of their folders, I tend to want to keep everything. Here is what I’ve done the past two years to organize and condense the paper piles.

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These boxes sit under the desk in the kitchen. For the whole school year, I toss mostly all of the papers my kids bring home into the box with their name on it. (The box to the right is a recycling box – before you do this, tell your husband not to throw out the boxes of your kids’ schoolwork. Why yes, this did happen to us.)

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My supplies include an empty recycling box, a file organizer that I bought at Walmart, and hanging file folders.

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I sort out everything by subject, removing things I don’t want to keep. (Left: Recycling. Middle: Empty box. Right: Full file box).

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Lastly, I label the file box with the child’s name and the year and put it in the basement.

Now my boxes are empty for the next year of school! Do you keep your kids’ schoolwork or toss it?

16 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

That is a great system and we bought portfolio folders, because in pre-school it was all mostly art related, but now may have to try your idea with starting kindergarten in the fall, too.

tamarsb said...

Now that is a great system!

Amber said...

Good idea! I toss a lot of it, but keep my favorites.

mommamellon said...

We toss most of it unless it's an art project or hand written story. I tried to keep it all but it just pilled up and then I realized that that printed out worksheet they did on the letter "e" in Kindergarten isn't as important as the Handmade mother's day card. I guess I just had to learn what to keep and what not to keep.

Alex said...

Great idea! I already have so much of Vs stuff, and I've had to throw some away.

Dara said...

yeah for Simon I have just a box of his art work for now!

Dara said...

oh that is a good idea to send home just the good stuff!

Dara said...

I have to do better at not keeping everything!

Dara said...

I know, the worksheets are so unimportant, I need to learn what to keep and what not to keep also.

Dara said...

I keep Simon's stuff in a nice wooden box for now. when they are little it's nice to see their skills develop!

Shoshanah G said...

I think this is a great idea! Especially doing it all at the end of the year, since individually you'd keep a lot more. Although I could see it being a little overwhelming only doing it once a year, so maybe I'd be better off doing it in December or January too?

Dara said...

that would be smart to do it in january too!

KidWX said...

Love this! Just posted to Twitter!

Holly Higgins said...

We have kept everything of E's that he's made at daycare so far but it's getting out of control so I think we're going to scan it and then make Shutterfly books of everything and only keep certain things.

Dara said...

thank you!

Dara said...

that's a good idea also, which I haven't tried yet!